I'd like to see which packages are in the YUM group Desktop on CentOS 7. I am aware of the yum group info command, but it does not list any packages for the Desktop group. Why not?

When I run yum group list I see:

$ sudo yum group list
Available Groups:

When I run yum group info fonts, for example, I get lists of default and optional packages. With Desktop I get nothing:

$ sudo yum group info Desktop
Group: Desktop
 Group-Id: basic-desktop
 Description: A minimal desktop that can also be used as a thin client.
  • shouldn't that be sudo yum groupinfo Desktop? (no space between group and info)
    – Drav Sloan
    Aug 4, 2015 at 15:23
  • @DravSloan Both groupinfo and group info return the same results. The yum man page on CentOS 7 lists it with a space. Aug 4, 2015 at 15:37
  • Strange. The Centos VM I have returns No such command: group. Please use /usr/bin/yum --help and a fully complete list of output for groupinfo. (maybe that's a difference on CentOS 6?)
    – Drav Sloan
    Aug 4, 2015 at 15:49
  • From the man page: "groups -- A command, new in 3.4.2, that collects all the subcommands that act on groups together." Aug 4, 2015 at 15:50

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On RHEL/CentOS 6 it's yum groupinfo and on newer versions (since Fedora 19 if I remember correctly) it's yum groups command which is also reflected here: http://yum.baseurl.org/wiki/YumGroups and here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/YumGroupsAsObjects
Some more information on group handling here: http://yum.baseurl.org/wiki/YumGroupsOverview

One hint for that, one should always use LC_ALL=C and -v when operating on groups.
For one, it will show the original english names, and -v has two uses:

  • it will show the "short names" for groups in brackets
  • for yum groupinfo <groupname> or respectively yum groups info <groupname> it will show the packages from that group that are already installed and mark them with an @ (as in yum list output)
  • Thanks for the information, but this doesn't really help explain which packages are in the Desktop group or why it exists. Aug 10, 2015 at 14:46
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    Did you read the second wiki link? Maybe you should try with LC_ALL=C yum -v --setopt=group_command=compat groups info desktop FWIW, just started a CentOS 7 x86_64 live KDE and the group "Desktop" does not exist there with the default base, extras and updates repos, also not in centosplus. If there are additional groups, you have to ask to the respective repository maintainers why they add empty groups.
    – doktor5000
    Aug 10, 2015 at 17:39

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